“If you’re going to write in a worthwhile way about something, you have to really understand why you care.”
Novel Dialogue invites a novelist and a literary critic to talk about novels from every angle: how we read them, write them, publish them, and remember them.
“A lot of people have been pushed a little closer to the margins.”
“I'm aware, as I'm writing, that I'm changing camera angles.”
“I am paralyzed by the infinite degrees of freedom that you start out with, and so constraints can be freeing. To say, I can start here—I'm writing a story about time travel.”
“I don't really want to write about theory, but it just keeps coming up again and again. It's inescapable.”
“The novel loves things. It loves money. It loves disappointment.”